ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – More details are being revealed about the people who lived in the home where a deadly fire broke out Tuesday night. Two were found dead and another is hospitalized.
“I woke up last night with my dog barking, and I went to the door and saw all the police cars and all the commotion,” says Gerald Wood.
Albuquerque Fire Rescue is investigating a fire that happened at a southwest Albuquerque home Tuesday night. When firefighters arrived at the home on 59th Street, near Central and Lucca, they could see smoke and flames and were told there were people trapped inside.
“Best I could tell there were several men over there,” Wood says.
Once crews got inside the home, they found two people dead. One person was rescued and taken to the hospital.
A family member of one of the victims says the house was a group home for men with severe and disabling mental illness.
“It’s something like an assisted living home for men. There’s about four or five men there all the time,” Al Martinez.
Neighbors say the people who lived there pretty much kept to themselves.
“They walked up and down the street. A lot of see them walking down the street, but other than that, as far as I know, they never gave anybody any trouble,” Wood says.
The names of the victims have not been released. Neighbors say that there were usually about three to five men living in the home at one time. The cause of what sparked the fire is still under investigation